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Trailhead Descriptions

Argentina/ Big Bonito Trailhead accesses the central portion of the White Mountain Wilderness Area. It is one of the most popular Trailheads in the Wilderness. Numerous loop opportunities can be created from the myriad of trails accessible from this Trailhead. Most of the trails are well used and easily followed, which makes it an ideal hiking location for novice to intermediate hikers. Advanced hikers will find lots of options as well.
 
Nogal Canyon Trailhead accesses the northern portion of the White Mountain Wilderness Area. Many of the trails are remote and rarely used. The lack of use makes route-finding a factor due to perils such as disappearing trails and dead fall infestations. This area is best suited for intermediate to extreme hiking and not for novices.
 
Crest-Nogal Peak Trailhead accesses the north-central portion of the White Mountain Wilderness Area. Novice to advanced hikers can enjoy this area. The views are exceptional as the trail follows the spine of the mountain range. Novice and intermediates should stick to the Crest Trail. Advanced hikers can use this Trailhead as a jumping point to more remote portions of the Wilderness.
 
Crest-Monjeau Peak Trailhead provides access to the southeastern portion of the White Mountain Wilderness. This Trailhead provides the easiest access to the top of the mountains, and as a result, is one of the more popular hiking areas in the Wilderness. A shuttle vehicle is required to hike the entire Crest Trail. Most hikers, who originate hikes from this location, are hiking the Crest Trail. Loop hikes are possible, but wise hikers will start loop hikes from the canyon bottoms where the last half of the hike is downhill.
 
South Fork Rio Bonito Trailhead (Due to the Little Bear Fire there is damage on this trail and not currently maintained by the forest service.) accesses the south-central portion of the White Mountain Wilderness. This area may very well be some of the most scenic in the Wilderness. The Trailhead is located just above Bonito Lake and as a result, the lower parts of the trails experience heavy use during the summer season. Novices to advanced hikers will all find what they are looking for in a hiking experience from the South Fork Trailhead. It provides the only fishing opportunities in the Wilderness as well.
 
Three Rivers Trailhead accesses the southwest portion of the White Mountain Wilderness Area. A well-developed Forest Service campground is available at the Trailhead. Several horse corrals have also been constructed for public use. The Three Rivers Trailhead provides hiking opportunities for novices to experts.
 
Mills Trailhead (Due to the Little Bear Fire there is damage on this trail and not currently maintained by the forest service.) accesses the eastern portion of the White Mountain Wilderness Area. Although this Trailhead is one of the easiest to access, it does not receive very high use. Novices to advanced hikers can find hiking to meet their demand by how far they hike before turning around.
 
Scenic Trailhead accesses the extreme southern portion of the White Mountain Wilderness Area. The Trailhead receives moderate use due to the proximity of a paved road, but provides the best look at an alpine ecosystem. The hiking is most suitable for novice to intermediate hikers. The trails are well maintained, signed, and easy to follow.
 
Alternative Hiking Trails
 
 
 
Bonito Lake is scheduled to reopen in August of 2018.  
The lake has been closed since the Little Bear Fire rendered it usless.  
Remember, only you can prevent forest fires and, around here, we expect you not to forget it.